Have you seen The Greatest Showman yet? I recommend you do if you haven’t yet. I have seen it twice while still in the theater. Do you know how long it has been since I’ve gone to see a movie more than once while still in the theater? Trust me, I’m too cheap to go more than once to just any old movie. If that doesn’t help sell you on the movie then let me keep going but I will reveal major plot points along the way so if you don’t want to know then stop right here and buy a movie ticket. You can read the rest when you get back.
Reason #1: the music.
I bought the soundtrack after my first viewing. That was no easy task since my hometown recently downgraded to a one department store town. I couldn’t find it in town and had to order it. When it arrived I promptly took it to work the next day and listened to it while at my desk. My apologies to my co-workers who might not have share my same enthusiasm. I like to share good things. I was thrilled when This Is Me won the Golden Globe.
Reason #2: he didn’t cheat on his wife.
With the #MeToo movement gaining so much traction right before its release I cringed when PT and Jenny looked like they were getting too cozy. At that moment, I hated the movie. But then nothing happened and PT rushes back to his family! Interesting that it was in a direct contradiction to the headlines. It gave me hope because the movie came from the same town as the news stories that were making men out to be general villains. I recognize it is a work of fiction but it is fiction written with an ideal. An ideal that not every man is guilty of misconduct.
Reason #3: the family is the Greatest Show
This is closely related to reason #2 and I didn’t fully pick up on it until the second viewing. “Everything you ever want; everything you ever need” is family. Don’t believe me? Watch it again.
Have you seen it? What are your thoughts?